Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 27 & Sun 28 July 2019

10) Junior Groovers Disco

Kids will be entertained with dancing the afternoon away to all their favourite music while you sit back enjoy a meal from the restaurant or a drink from the bar. You can even organise to have your kids party there!

Sunday July 28, 1pm – 3pm

Harmonie German Club

Cost: entry is free with a packet of chips and a flashing trinket on arrival


9) Mr Squiggle Exhibition

This weekend is your last chance to check out the Mr Squiggle exhibition! It includes children’s letters to Mr Squiggle, script books, original artwork and a portrait loaned from the National Portrait Gallery ‘Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)’. The exhibition also showcases one of the most loved and longest running Australian children’s programs, honouring Norman Hetherington, the brilliant man behind the iconic puppets and television series.

March 5 – July 28

Royal Australian Mint

Cost: free


8) Hart.R8 for Hartley

Cheer on locals sweating it out for the Hart.R8 for Hartley cycle challenges at gyms across Canberra! It’s to help raise vital funds to support people with complex and physical disabilities in our local community. Money raised will go towards the knock down and rebuild of the Hartley Court facility. Check the Facebook page to find out times and locations.

Saturday July 27, 8am – 6pm

Various Canberra gyms


7) DinotraX – A Dinosaur Adventure

Become an intrepid explorer and step back in time on a dinosaur adventure trail! This weekend is your last chance to experience this rare opportunity to encounter dinosaurs and plant fossils among the landscapes they once inhabited. Dinosaur herds, ancient petrified wood, living fossil plants and flying winged creatures are on display in the Gardens. Continue on the trail to the Dinosaur Museum to discover the largest permanent display of dinosaur and prehistoric fossils in Australia.

July 6 – 28

Australian National Botanic Gardens and National Dinosaur Museum


Cost: free at the Gardens, cost applies at the Museum


6) Santa Speedo Shuffle

Hundreds of brave Canberrans will run around Lake Burley Griffin in their speedos to raise money for those living with Cystic Fibrosis. All Canberrans are encouraged to donate, participate or come down on Sunday morning to witness the spectacle.

Sunday July 28, registrations on the day open from 9:30am, shuffle at 11am

Lake Burley Griffin
Cost: check website for details


5) Ultimate Women's Weekend Expo

This Expo is all about empowering women, giving them a chance to take some time for themselves, while supporting local businesses. It showcases 40-130 small to medium sized businesses from a huge range of industries including mind, body, spirit, craft, skincare, makeup, health, fitness, fashion, home, children and more.

Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28, 10am – 3pm

Exhibition Park

Cost: Concession $9.17, Adult $13.79


4) RSPCA ACT’s Cupcake Day Launch

Hundreds of cupcakes will be up for grabs at South.Point in Tuggeranong, to launch RSPCA ACT’S Cupcake Day! It’s their biggest fundraiser – raising money for animals in need. Officially taking place on August 19, people are encouraged to host an event any time during the month! There’ll be loads of sweet treats and heaps of fun activities for the kids like face painting, cookie decorating and a jumping castle.

Saturday July 27, 11am – 2pm

South.Point Tuggeranong


3) Rugby League the Musical

Australia's hardest working sports satirist - Denis Carnahan - is back, bigger than ever, trying to cope with the mountain of material Rugby League has thrown at him! It’s a high energy and hilarious one man show that even the non footy fans will love. A brilliant blend of sketch comedy, standup comedy and musical satire, that takes aim at The Greatest Game of All and its many colourful characters and controversies.

Saturday July 27, 7:30pm

The Street Theatre

Cost: $40


2) JZK’S Conservation Celebration

Head along for a fun filled weekend at the zoo, hosted by the Junior Zoo Keepers! It’s all about celebrating conservation and raising money for several charities. There’ll be Junior Zoo Keeper talks, games, a sausage sizzle, scavenger hunt, special animal encounters and more!

Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28, 10am – 3pm

National Zoo and Aquarium

Cost: pay at event


1) Namadgi Open Day

ACT Parks and Conservation are inviting everyone to venture across the Murrumbidgee River and visit Namadgi National Park for their big Open Day! Learn from the rangers, take a tour or a photo with the cheeky Gang Gang mascots. There’ll be a BBQ run by the Lions Club, raising money for the Thin Green Line Foundation, which helps support Park Rangers around the world.

Sunday July 28, 10am – 2pm

Namadgi Visitor Centre

Cost: free

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 20 and Sun 21 July 2019

10 - Kids Outdoor Play Day in Haig Park

Kids can try a range of play activities designed to get them moving including tree climbing, slacklining, an obstacle course, nature play, circus skills and aerial sports. In between all the active fun, take a break to enjoy the arts and crafts, live music and performances. Visit one of the food stalls to complete your play day with a picnic in the park. Everyone is welcome! (Play activities recommended for ages 5 to 12.).

Saturday July 20, 11am – 3pm

Haig Park

Cost: free


9 - Chinese Festival Day

Celebrate Chinese art, culture and history and be inspired by the 'Historical Expression of Chinese Art' exhibition. There’ll also be dragon dancing, music and art and craft activities.

Sunday July 21, 10am – 1pm

National Museum of Australia

Cost: free entry

8 – Subsdance Open Day

Want to warm yourself up this winter and looking for something new to do? Head to the Subsdance Open Day to try half hour free taster classes on what’s on the timetable in Term 3, including new kids and fitness classes! Among the styles on offer – Reggaeton, Afro Fusion, Afro Brazilian, Samba, Brazilian Funk, Caburlesque, Dancehall, Sass Femme Hip Hop and After Dark Boudoir Technique. Sign up on the day to get a 15% discount on term fees!
Saturday July 20, 9am – 3pm

Subsdance Dance Studio

Cost: free


7 - CBR Brave vs Newcastle Northstars

The CBR Brave are back in Canberra this weekend, hoping to get another strong vocal crowd to cheer them to victory against Newcastle! Our guys are in a strong position, coming off that double win against the Melbourne Ice. The Northstars are in second place behind CBR Brave on the ladder.

Saturday July 20, 5:30pm

Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre

Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60, Taste of Braddon $40


6 - Beard & Beer Day

The famous Beard and Beer Day is back and bigger than ever! With over $3000 in prizes, face painting, local beer on tap and live Irish music, you can’t go wrong! Beard categories being judged include longest beard, best full beard, most styled beard, best bearded team and the best beard of 2019!
Sunday July 21, 11am – 11pm

King O’Malley’s

Cost: free


5 – Wintervention

There’s no need to spend winter indoors with Canberra’s only open-air ice rink in Civic! More than just skating – Wintervention is bursting with activities including markets, ice shows, a life-size snow globe and live entertainment. It wraps up this weekend, so be sure not to miss it!

July 5 - 21

Civic Square, Canberra

Cost: check website for details


4 - Aussie Night Markets

Head along for a winter fest of fabulous hot meals and delicious dessert! There’ll be street food, rides, food trucks, boutique stalls and more!

Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21, 4-10pm

Thoroughbred Park

Cost: gold coin

3 – Raiders vs Wests Tigers

The Raiders hope to score a win this weekend as they host the Wests Tigers at home in a historical rendezvous for the two clubs. It’s been 30 years since the epic 1989 grand final! There’s lots happening on and off the field, including a Past Player Parade at half-time with over 70 returning Raiders first-grade players.

Saturday July 20, gates open 3pm, main game 5:30pm

GIO Stadium

Cost: tickets from $20


2 – The Lion King

This long-anticipated remake of Disney’s 1994 hit has finally hit the cinemas! James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa. The film also stars the voices of Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Beyonce and more! It follows the story of young lion Simba, who flees his kingdom after the murder of his father, only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.

In cinemas now

Cost: check with your local cinema for ticket prices and session times


1 – Moon landing Anniversary events

There’s a whole range of events happening around the capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing! From exhibitions to tours and special screenings – there’s something for everyone! Here’s links to just some of the events:

ANU Canberra Moon Week:

Questacon’s Lunar Family Day:

CSIRO Open Days:

NFSA screenings:

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 13 and Sun 14 July 2019

10 - Insane Asylum 19

Insane Championship Wrestling returns to the Tuggeranong Community Centre to present: The 19 Annual, Insaneasylum. Featuring: ICW Champion Adrian Axton, Chris Shadows, Mike Kelly, Rex, Addicus Slain, Nyx Jade, Sam Driver, Luna Flare, High Octane, Dozer and more. All ages welcome. Fun for the whole family!

Saturday July 13, doors open 5:30pm, show starts 5:45pm

Tuggeranong Community Centre
Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Under 5’s free

9 - Canberra Fashion Market

Discover new and pre-loved fashion with a wide range of styles and more than 100 stallholders! There’ll be fashion, shoes, bags, jewellery, accessories, designer labels and beauty products for great prices. It’s ideal for those keen on supporting a sustainable lifestyle and recycling quality fashion.

Saturday July 13, 10am – 4pm

Thoroughbred Park

Cost: free


8 – Reptile Zoo

Look what's slithering into Riverside Plaza these school holidays! Lizards, snakes, goannas, baby crocs and more appearing live at the Reptile Zoo right next to the food court. Gold coin donations support the Queanbeyan Salvos.

July 10-19, 10am – 3pm

Riverside Plaza

Cost: gold coin donation

7 - Mt Stromlo Observatory Site Tour

Learn about one of Canberra’s oldest sites that’s rich in history! The Mount Stromlo Observatory has been carrying out astronomical observations for over 100 years and has grown into one of the great observatories. It’s weathered two devastating bushfires and earned a Nobel Prize!

Sunday July 14, 9:30am – 11am

Mount Stromlo Observatory

Cost: $6.15


6 - Questacon Mid-Winter Nights

Immerse yourself in Questacon’s after-hours winter spectacular! Dance under a 7m Moon, discover celestial wonders stargazing, get creative with space crafts and dine in a glowing food court! The 8 action packed galleries will be open and don’t forget to take your coat to make the most of outdoor activities!

July 10 – 13, 5:30pm – 9pm

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

Cost: Adult $17.50, Concession $12.50, Child $12.50, Child under 4 free, Family $45


5 – Cosentino

Australia’s world-renowned entertainer and ‘International Magician of the Year’, COSENTINO, brings his spectacular new live show ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE to Canberra! Join Cosentino as he performs death-defying escapes that will thrill your senses, mind boggling stage illusions and cutting-edge street magic that twists your view of reality. Cosentino has spent the last 18 months touring his live show to packed houses and rave reviews around the world.

Saturday July 13, 7:30pm

Canberra Theatre Centre

Cost: tickets from $71.65


4 - Hills of Hall Fireside Festival

The Hills of Hall Collective are lighting up the fire pits this winter and hosting a weekend of wine, food and live music in conjunction with the Canberra District Wine Association’s annual Fireside Festival. Sample a variety of fabulous cool climate wines while enjoying musical interludes covering jazz, rock, and blues played in small ensembles and by solo performers.

July 13 and 14

Various locations – check Facebook page for details

Cost: free


3 - CBR Brave vs Melbourne Ice

The CBR Brave have a big double header this weekend, taking on the Melbourne Ice here in Canberra! Our guys are coming off that big win over the Sydney Ice Dogs and would love a strong home crowd to cheer them to another victory!

Saturday July 13 at 5:30pm and Sunday July 14 at 4:30pm

Phillip Swimming and Ice Skating Centre

Cost: Adult $22.50, Child $15, Family $60, Taste of Braddon $40


2 – Wintervention

There’s no need to spend winter indoors with Canberra’s only open-air ice rink in Civic! More than just skating – Wintervention is bursting with activities including markets, ice shows, a life-size snow globe and live entertainment.

July 5 - 21

Civic Square, Canberra

Cost: check website for details


1 - Lifeline Canberra Bookfair

Check out the wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books. You’ll also find magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws. Grab some bargains and help raise money for Lifeline Canberra’s crisis support service!

July 12 - 14

Tuggeranong Southern Cross Stadium

Cost: entry by gold coin donation